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Teen for trial on escape charge

A TEENAGE boy will go on trial next month accused of helping break a prisoner out of custody during an escape which saw a garda knocked unconscious.

The 17-year-old had made no reply when he was charged at the Dublin Children's Court under Section Six of the Criminal Law Act 1976.

He is accused of taking part in arrangements for the purpose of enabling another person to escape from custody, at the Ballyfermot Road, in Dublin, on March 6 last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and Judge John O'Connor ordered that his trial at the juvenile court will take place on December 2.


A BORDER county haulier stopped in a road check in Dublin gave gardai a false Northern Ireland address so he could avoid detection in the Republic, a court heard.

Judge Cormac Dunne found Michael Byrne (26) guilty, convicted him and fined him €250 at Dublin District Court.

Garda Kevin McNulty said he stopped Byrne driving an oil truck and asked to see his tachograph records. There was an issue in relation to the tachograph and Byrne was subsequently arrested.

Byrne, of Dernaroy Road, Killeavy, Newry, Co Down, had pleaded not guilty to one count of giving gardai a false or misleading address at Drumcondra Road on October 6 last.


A YOUTH who was forced to store €32,000 of heroin in his south Dublin home after he built up a drug debt could be spared jail.

The 17-year-old, who spent €100 a week on cannabis, was dragged into the world of drug dealing and his family had been left paying for the heroin after it was seized, the Dublin Children's Court has heard.

The first-time offender had pleaded guilty to possessing the heroin as well as ecstasy tablets found during a search of his home in June last year.

Judge John O'Connor adjourned sentencing for six months and indicated that if the youth's next probation report is equally good as the latest, he could be spared jail.